Junior hockey is last resort for Jets’ Ehlers

AP

If Nikolaj Ehlers has his way, he’ll make the Winnipeg Jets’ roster in 2015-16.

The situation gets more complicated if the ideal scenario doesn’t play out. During TSN’s Insider Trading segment on Monday, Bob McKenzie noted the avenues Ehlers and the Jets would prefer to explore if he doesn’t make the Jets:

  • The AHL, after “reading the fine print” of the transfer agreement.
  • Developing overseas.

At the bottom of the list: returning to the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.

It’s not meant to be an insult to the wonderfully named Mooseheads; it’s just a matter of Ehlers having very little room to improve at the junior level, generating a little more than two points per game during the past two seasons.

Just recently, Ehlers told the CBC he sees “an opportunity” to make the Jets, especially since some veterans weren’t re-signed this summer.

“I don’t have any other plans than playing in the NHL this year,” Ehlers said. “It’s what my focus is on and it’s going to stay like that until they say otherwise. I’m excited to start this season and looking forward to it.”

What a better idea of Ehlers’ chances of landing a roster spot? Check out his making the leap post here.

Scroll Down For: